Translation Challenge’s E-Learning Platform Reaches Senegal

The Emirates News Agency have just announced that Madrasa, the e-learning platform, has arrived in Dakar, Senegal, as part of a mission that will benefit at least 1,000 far-flung villages across the world, in collaboration with the Emirates Red Crescent.

Madrasa, was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in October last year. At the launch, his Highness stated that “Our first priority is education, second priority is education, and third priority is education. I would like to tell you that this platform is just the beginning. Our journey will continue.”

The e-learning platform has over 5000 free Arabized videos based in science and math which aim to make high-tech education accessible to everyone within the Arab world.

More than 2 million students are use Madrasa regularly, and there have been at least 45 million views in the last 12 months. Six thousand new subscribers are added daily, with the educational videos receiving around fifteen thousand views each day.

Saeed Al Eter, Assistant Secretary-General of the MBRGI, said: “Madrasa e-learning platform reflects the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that every child has the right to education.”
He continued adding that, the initiative is able to respond to the need to develop and enrich Arabic educational content and make it accessible to the largest segment of students in the Arab world.

Dr Mohamed Ateeq Al Falahi, the Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, highlighted the enthusiasm of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC, to support initiatives that are conducive to adding value across developing communities, and contributing to sustainable development efforts.

The Madrasa platform encourages participation through daily contest which has seen more than 300 winners named ‘Madrasa Stars’, and earn themselves $1000, for completing competitions, puzzles and scientific contests.

Madrasa evolved from the Translation Challenge, which required researchers and professionals in the Arab world to translate and produce 5000 videos and 11 million words of educational content into Arabic.

The e-learning platform then offers these educational videos via an App, or online, allowing students to access science and math classes. It is now available to more than 50 million Arab students around the world.

The Translation Challenge is the largest scientific translation project to be launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Begun in September 2017, it was aimed at translating and localizing outstanding educational content for Arab students.

This project was executed by hundreds of Arab translator volunteers, scientific editors, narrators, graphic designers, technical producers, and teachers under the supervision of specialized educational and technical committees.
To find out more about Madrasa you can read our previous blog here, or check out the Madrasa website here.

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